Five new regional cooperation projects funded by the EU and worth €37.3 million will support youth, SMEs, maritime safety and border management in the Eastern Neighbourhood:
- EU4Youth (€20 million) will tackle youth employability, leadership and entrepreneurship through a variety of actions including capacity building, fellowships, support to policy dialogue as well as grants to organisations active in these areas.
- Integrating SMEs from the EaP countries into domestic and global value chains (€6 million): the programme will help integrate SMEs from the partner countries into domestic and global value chains, facilitating their access to new markets and boosting economic development.
- Maritime safety, security and maritime environmental protection in the Black and Caspian Sea Regions (€4 million): the programme will support partner countries’ ongoing efforts to implement the relevant international legislation, align their regulatory framework to EU legislation, and improve their performance. As a result, the maritime environment will be better protected and maritime transport safer.
- Introduction of an Automated Intelligent Video-Control System at Road Border Crossing Point Novaya Huta – Novi Yarylovychi at the Belarus-Ukraine Frontier (€0.8 million): the system will reduce the time needed to carry out customs and border guard formalities, and enhance the capacity of the countries to prevent and fight cross-border crimes.
- ENI East Global Allocation 2016 (€6.5 million) will support the project cycle management in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries, including the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of programmes, as well as activities in the field of information and communication.
Source: European Commission
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